If you are selling your property in order for the transfer to go through you would require a CoC certificate, this is legal.
The Coc certificate could cost you from R850.00, this costing will depend on the size and type of premises.
R850.00 will pay for the cost of the certificate only, if there are any modifications to be made to the electrical components of the premises, this will need to be paid over and above the cost. A CoC guarantees that:
- Your property is safe against any potential shocks or fires.
- Your property has been earthed and bonded professionally by a qualified electrician
- All electrical circuits are operating professionally and efficiently.
- Your property's electrical work will be in line with the necessary rules
What is an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC)?
An Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) is a document that guarantees the electrical work on your property adhere to the South African National Standards as stipulated in the Electrical Installations Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Before a property may be transferred, it is the homeowners duty to supply a valid Electrical Compliance Certificate in addition to an electrical fence certificate of compliance.
Any home with electrical items will be requested to have a CoC, these particular components will consist of the DBboard, lights, swimming pools, geysers, wiring and even plugs.
Prior to issuing a CoC electrical certificate, certified electrical contractors must be certified with the Department Of Labour (D.O.L), this may be checked by the E.C.A (Electrical Contractors Association or the Department of Labour.
A Certified Electrician will carry out the following during an Electrical Compliance Certificate (ECoC) inspection
- Ensure that the fuse box is fitted with a trip switch
- Ensure that switches, sockets and light fittings are operating correctly.
- Inspect that the premises are earthed and bonded properly.
- Ensure that the switch box is labelled correctly and includes the right warnings.
- Make sure there is no damage or wear and tear
- Make certain the type of wiring system is safe and in good condition.
- Make certain the electrical main switch is compliant with regulation.
For for how long is a COC Certificate valid for?
You will need to request a new CoC if yours is older than two year, should the Coc not be older than two years you will need to specify that there has been no changes to the electrical components of the house in the last three months and remain in line with the necessary regulations.
What the Electrician is responsible for
As a qualified electrician you will need to register for your CoC annually. Irrespective of the electrical work done, every electrician will need to register with the appropriate authority yearly.
If an individual wishes to review the integrity of the electrician completing the electrical work they will need to consult with the Electrical Contracting Board of South Africa and the Department of Labour, they will then be given the electricians registration card together with their accreditation certificate.
What is the seller responsible for?
When you sell your property it is your duty as a seller to make sure the property has a valid CoC, so you would need to set up an electrical assessment well before the property may be registered in the buyer's name. If any new electrical work has been done on the house you are required to get a new ECoC.
The cost of a Certificate of Compliance (CoC)?
Electrical Compliance Certificate ranges from R850, depending upon the sort of premises such as domestic, commercial and industrial properties will have different costs.
The price of the certificate is only covered by the price stated, if there are any changes to be made to the electrical components of the premises this will need to be paid over and above this cost. Once all the electrical components of your house are in line with the necessary regulations, then only will the certificate be awarded to the homeowner by the qualified electrician.
Will my Certificate of Compliance (CoC) still be valid once new electrical modifications have been concluded?
If there are any additions or alterations made to the electrical components of a property that currently has a CoC, will need an additional CoC certificate for the additions or change, both CoC's must be kept all together.
How many hours will it take for a certified electrician to evaluate and provide a Certificate of Compliance (CoC for the property?What is the approximated time for a qualified electrician to evaluate and issue a Certificate of Compliance (CoC for a property?
The inspection could take between two or three hours depending on the size of the property.